South Sudan: 156 Indians evacuated as 71 arrive in special Air Force flight

At least 156 Indians were evacuated from violence-hit South Sudan, with 71 arriving by a special Indian Air Force flight at Palam airport of the national capital on Friday morning.

Indian nationals arrive from South Sudan's capital Juba at Entebbe International Airportcapital Kampala, Uganda, Thursday, July 14, 2016 (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)(AP7_14_2016_000270B)

Indian nationals arrive from South Sudan's capital Juba at Thursday, 14 July, 2016 (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

Earlier, 85 Indians landed at Thiruvananthapuram airport. "We've brought back 156 Indian nationals, of whom 85 deplaned at Thiruvananthapuram airport. I met Foreign Minister (Barnaba Marial Benjamin) and Vice President (Riek Machar) of South Sudan and they assured me of all possible help," Singh told reporters after landing in the capital.

The C 17 Globemaster flight of the Indian Air Force touched down at Palam airport around 10.45 a.m.

The evacuation was part of 'Operation Sankat Mochan' launched by the Indian government and is being led by Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh.


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Updated Date: Jul 15, 2016 12:31:40 IST